Netherlands beat Ireland in six-over shoot-out


Netherlands bowed out of the World Twenty20 with a 12-run win over Ireland in a six-over shoot-out following a rain-delayed start in Dharamsala on Sunday.

After rain forced a no result between Bangladesh and Ireland and the abandonment of Netherlands versus Oman on Friday, the weather was again a factor in the Group A dead rubber.

It is credit to the ground staff that a match was held at all as the heavens opened and caused a delay of over three hours.

When the action did begin, Netherlands were put into bat and Stephan Myburgh smashed an 18-ball 27 to help his side to 59-5, Ireland spinner George Dockrell (3-7) doing his part to stifle their attack.

Ireland initially stayed up with the run-rate, but the loss of Kevin O'Brien (0) and Paul Stirling (15) in consecutive balls to Paul van Meekeren (4-11) in the third over slowed them down.

From there, Ireland fell apart as Roelof van der Merwe (2-3) claiming a couple of wickets, before Van Meekeren accounted for Max Sorensen (9) and Dockrell (0) in the final over as Ireland posted 47-7 in reply.